From the Morning Memo:

Current and former elected officials next month will attend a panel discussion in Suffolk County on how to combat opioid abuse and addiction.

The Feb. 6 forum, to be held at Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church, is sponsored by The Rockefeller Institute and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

“I am pleased that our opioid forum is generating more interest among policy makers across the state,” Bellone said. “The opioid epidemic does not recognize or respect artificial political boundaries, which is why we need a comprehensive effort to combat this crisis on Long Island.”

The event is set to include Former Rep. Tim Bishop, Sen. Peter Harckham, Sen. Kevin Thomas, Assemblyman John Mikulin, County Legislators Sarah Anker, Bridget Fleming and Steven Flotteron as well as several town supervisors and mayors.

“At this forum, you’ll hear from law enforcement, mental health experts, parents, school officials and young people, who will share their accounts of how the opioid and substance abuse crisis impacts their lives and communities,” Harckham said.

“As Chair of the New York State Senate Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Committee, I know the devastation the opioid crisis is wreaking on families and communities. This forum will help participants formulate how to begin taking concrete steps to abate this crisis.”